Cleveland, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference (MAC) has adopted four time obligation proposals developed by the Conference’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for full implementation by MAC membership by the 2017-18 academic year.
The MAC Council of Presidents voted unanimously to adopt time obligation proposals that were unanimously recommended by the MAC Council of Directors of Athletics.
The time obligation proposals address important issues for students that participate in intercollegiate athletics:
1. Establish a two-week time off period from required athletics activity following the end of a championship season segment.
2. Require student-athletes that are out-of-season to have a week off with no athletics obligations at the beginning of each semester.
3. Prohibit athletics obligations between away-from-home travel and practice for at least eight hours following the return to campus.
4. Require practice schedules be shared with student-athletes weekly and followed by coaching staffs, and, if changes are required, they must be known by student-athletes 24 hours prior to the scheduled practice time.
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“I am pleased with this outcome as our students took the initiative to put forth proposals and engaged in in-depth conversations with our governance groups,” said MAC Commissioner, Dr. Jon Steinbrecher. “I applaud our administrators for their collaborative efforts in working with the students to address issues raised relative to time obligations. The end result should be an enhanced experience, academically, athletically, and socially for Mid-American Conference students who participate in athletics.”
NCAA President Mark Emmert commented on the MAC time obligation requirements. “The MAC has taken some important steps to help student-athletes balance their time and take full advantage of their college experience. I’m especially impressed with how the conference worked with its student-athletes on these changes and help strengthen the opportunities that come through college sports. I believe these changes could serve as a model for the NCAA and its members to consider as we promote fairness for student-athletes,” said Emmert.
Nationally, this discussion will continue throughout the 2016-17 academic year as autonomous legislation is expected to be presented and reviewed at the 2017 NCAA Convention in Nashville, Tenn., in January.
The MAC SAAC is comprised of 26 students across the 12 MAC full member institutions. The intention of the recent ‘White Paper’ was to provide personal perspectives, opinions and a greater understanding of their concerns in the time obligations conversation